The winger believes the Dutchman’s continued excellence on the field can earn him a place among the club’s greatest players after a stunning winning goal on SaturdayRobin van Persie’s brilliant form could see him enter the pantheon of Arsenal legends, according to teammate Theo Walcott.
"The way Robin is playing, he wants to be one of those legends as well," Walcott told reporters. "I'm just absolutely shocked. To see that go in was incredible.
The Dutchman boasts an astonishing record of 33 goals in 32 matches for the Gunners in 2011, including an exquisite volley which earned his side victory over Everton on Saturday.
Walcott admits he was blown away by the goal, and believes Van Persie can acquire legendary status at the Emirates Stadium if he maintains his blistering form.
"Any little sniff and he just grabs it,” he said. "That's one of the best goals I've seen for a long time."
"It was a moment of magic from Robin. He's done that so many times before and yet it was an absolutely fantastic goal.
"He would say himself, he was in and out of the game. That's the difference. Give him any chance and he scores when he wants, as the fans say!”
Statues of former greats Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry were unveiled outside the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal celebrated their 125th anniversary in style.
"It's an absolute honor to be part of it, to see the number of legends taking part in the day made it very daunting,” Walcott added. “There were a lot of world-class players on the field.”
Henry, now with the New York Red Bulls, has been training with the Gunners squad at London Colney during the MLS offseason, and Walcott believes the Frenchman is still a force to be reckoned with.
"Thierry still looks good, [he] is training with us and you hear the fans chanting 'sign him up, sign up.' I don't know if there's any chance - you'd have to ask the boss that," Walcott said.
"He's still fit, playing in the MLS and enjoys playing his football so much that I don't think he wants the break.”
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